Bird Attracting Plants

Cedar Waxwing on Sand Cherry (Prunus)

Bird Attracting Plants

The best bird attracting plants include native fruit-bearing shrubs and trees and native perennial plants that provide seeds for food. Ornamental grasses are important to a bird-friendly garden, as they provide shelter and nesting material. Native plants are best for birds because they will host caterpillars and other insects to feed their young. Our Regional Native Songbird Gardens combine the best native song-bird plants for each region.

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Cedar Waxwing on Sand Cherry (Prunus)

Bird Attracting Plants

The best bird attracting plants include native fruit-bearing shrubs and trees and native perennial plants that provide seeds for food. Ornamental grasses are important to a bird-friendly garden, as they provide shelter and nesting material. Native plants are best for birds because they will host caterpillars and other insects to feed their young. Our Regional Native Songbird Gardens combine the best native song-bird plants for each region.

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  1. May Night Meadow Sage, Salvia sylvestris May Night

    Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ (May Night Sage) blooms prolifically with deep purple-blue flowers. It is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and...

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    May Night Salvia May Night Meadow Sage Salvia sylvestris May Night
    As low as $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ (May Night Sage) blooms prolifically with deep purple-blue flowers. It is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and tolerance of heavy clay soils. Blooming in late spring with a profusion of flower spikes, it reblooms later in the summer when deadheaded.
  2. Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm, Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm

    Rudbeckia Goldsturm blooms in mid-to-late summer with an eye-catching display of golden flowers. Black Eyed Susan is very attractive to butterflies and the seed heads provide winter ...

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    Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan Black Eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm
    As low as $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rudbeckia Goldsturm blooms in mid-to-late summer with an eye-catching display of golden flowers. Black Eyed Susan is very attractive to butterflies and the seed heads provide winter food for seed-eating songbirds as well. Reliable and tough, Rudbeckia tolerates both drought and clay plus easy to maintain.
  3. Echinacea purpurea Pow Wow Wild Berry Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

    PowWow® Wild Berry is a new improved variety of Purple Coneflower bred for its darker red-purple flowers and compact floriferous growth habit. This is an outstanding long bloomi...

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    PowWow® Wild Berry Echinacea PowWow® Wild Berry Coneflower Echinacea purpurea PowWow® Wild Berry
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    PowWow® Wild Berry is a new improved variety of Purple Coneflower bred for its darker red-purple flowers and compact floriferous growth habit. This is an outstanding long blooming variety.
  4. Pink and Orange and Silver Agastache rupestris, Agastache rupestris, Licorice Mint or Sunset Hyssop

    Agastache rupestris (Licorice Mint Hyssop) is one of the best, most durable species in the Agastache family. With smoky orange flowers held by lavender calyxes, the entire plant is s...

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    Agastache rupestris Licorice Hummingbird Mint (Sunset Hyssop) Agastache rupestris
    As low as $13.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Agastache rupestris (Licorice Mint Hyssop) is one of the best, most durable species in the Agastache family. With smoky orange flowers held by lavender calyxes, the entire plant is scented like licorice and mint. A 1996 High Country Gardens introduction. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).
  5. Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass, Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster

    The world‚s most popular ornamental grass, ‚Karl Foerster‚ has a strong upright habit and blooms with showy flowers that ripen to tawny seed heads that decorate the...

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    Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster
    As low as $13.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    The world's most popular ornamental grass, 'Karl Foerster' has a strong upright habit and blooms with showy flowers that ripen to tawny seed heads that decorate the plant through the fall and winter months.
  6. Echinacea purpurea Magnus

    Magnus is a distinctive, vigorous and large growing cone flower cultivar. The bright reddish-pink petals of its huge flowers are held flat as they radiate out from the cone, instead ...

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    Magnus Echinacea Magnus Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Magnus
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Magnus is a distinctive, vigorous and large growing cone flower cultivar. The bright reddish-pink petals of its huge flowers are held flat as they radiate out from the cone, instead of curving backwards as is typical of most coneflowers.
  7. Echinacea purpurea Pow Wow White Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    16-20„ x 14-16„ wide. Pow Wow® White Echinacea is an outstanding, seed grown cultivar that blooms all season with a profusion of white flowers over a compact plant....

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    PowWow® White Echinacea PowWow® White Coneflower Echinacea purpurea PowWow® White
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    16-20" x 14-16" wide. Pow Wow® White Echinacea is an outstanding, seed grown cultivar that blooms all season with a profusion of white flowers over a compact plant.
  8. Siskiyou Blue Idaho Fescue Grass, Festuca idahoensis Siskiyou Blue

    This is a new selection of the native Idaho Fescue, notable for its enticing spruce-blue foliage. The thin leaves are much longer than the more familiar Festuca glauca, giving &sbquo...

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    Siskiyou Blue Fescue Grass Siskiyou Blue Idaho Fescue Grass Festuca idahoensis Siskiyou Blue
    As low as $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    This is a new selection of the native Idaho Fescue, notable for its enticing spruce-blue foliage. The thin leaves are much longer than the more familiar Festuca glauca, giving 'Siskiyou Blue' a softer, more graceful look.
  9. Echinacea purpurea

    Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) is a garden classic perennial plant and one of our most popular native wildflowers. Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) has a large center c...

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    Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) is a garden classic perennial plant and one of our most popular native wildflowers. Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) has a large center cone, surrounded by pink-purple petals and brighten the garden in mid-summer.
  10. Pink and White Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks, Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks, Red Rocks Hybrid Beardtongue

    Penstemon Red Rocks (Beardtongue) is a superb hybrid variety that blooms most of the summer with large rose-pink flowers. The plants are vigorous and have attractive glossy green fol...

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    Red Rocks Penstemon Red Rocks Hybrid Beardtongue Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Penstemon Red Rocks (Beardtongue) is a superb hybrid variety that blooms most of the summer with large rose-pink flowers. The plants are vigorous and have attractive glossy green foliage. A 1999 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  11. Mellow Yellows Coneflower, Echinacea 'Mellow Yellows'

    Mellow Yellows Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a study in harmony with beautiful blossoms ranging from cream to gold. Blooming from early summer to first frost, Mellow Yellows has...

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    Mellow Yellows Echinacea Mellow Yellows Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Mellow Yellows
    As low as $13.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Mellow Yellows Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a study in harmony with beautiful blossoms ranging from cream to gold. Blooming from early summer to first frost, Mellow Yellows has a long-lasting steady supply of blooms, making it an essential garden workhorse. Butterflies, bees, and birds are frequent visitors to Echinacea, and you can leave tall, sturdy flowers up over the winter for visual interest and food supplies. Beautiful for cut flowers on long, sturdy stems.
  12. Glowing Embers Licorice Mint Hyssop, Agastache rupestris Glowing Embers

    Agastache Glowing Embers is a fantastic selection of Licorice Mint Hyssop (Hummingbird Mint) with fragrant foliage and glowing orange-red tubular flowers that are a favorite with hum...

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    Glowing Embers® Agastache Glowing Embers® Licorice Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache rupestris Glowing Embers®
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Agastache Glowing Embers is a fantastic selection of Licorice Mint Hyssop (Hummingbird Mint) with fragrant foliage and glowing orange-red tubular flowers that are a favorite with hummingbirds. Plant in containers to enjoy this plant in the eastern U.S. Exclusive. 24-26" tall x 24-28" wide.
  13. Western Sunflower, Helianthus occidentalis

    Western Sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis) is a compact native perennial with large yellow-orange flowers. It blooms for many weeks in late summer, attracting a wide variety of inse...

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    Western Sunflower Western Sunflower Helianthus occidentalis
    $13.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Western Sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis) is a compact native perennial with large yellow-orange flowers. It blooms for many weeks in late summer, attracting a wide variety of insect pollinators and seed-eating songbirds. It spreads by rhizomes to form large colonies, so it’s a great solution for poor soil sites. Give it room to spread alongside other meadow or prairie flowers.
  14. Professor Kippenberg New York Aster

    Aster Novi-belgii ‘Professor Kippenberg’ is a reliably blooming New York Aster with late summer/early fall display of blue flowers on tall self-supporting stems....

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    Professor Kippenberg New York Aster Professor Kippenberg New York Aster Aster novi-belgii Professor Kippenberg
    $11.49
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Aster Novi-belgii ‘Professor Kippenberg’ is a reliably blooming New York Aster with late summer/early fall display of blue flowers on tall self-supporting stems.
  15. Mini Oat Grass, Poa secunda v. juncifolia

    Mini Oat Grass (Poa secunda v. juncifolia) is a Western native grass with blue-green foliage. Seeds emerge on stiff foliage and open up to create pale feathery fronds. In summer dry ...

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    Mini Oat Grass (Poa) Mini Oat Grass Poa secunda v. juncifolia
    $13.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Mini Oat Grass (Poa secunda v. juncifolia) is a Western native grass with blue-green foliage. Seeds emerge on stiff foliage and open up to create pale feathery fronds. In summer dry season, grass matures to a warm gold hue. A highly resilient and drought-resistant grass that serves as a host plant for many butterflies, its upright habit and seed textures are a beautiful addition to waterwise landscapes, including high elevations.
  16. Blue and Purple Penstemon strictus, Penstemon strictus, Rocky Mountain Penstemon

    Rocky Mountain beardtongue, with its spikes of bright blue flowers and evergreen foliage, is one of the easiest-to-grow Penstemon. Long-lived, this beauty thrives in most any well-dr...

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    Rocky Mountain Penstemon Rocky Mountain Beardtongue Penstemon strictus
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rocky Mountain beardtongue, with its spikes of bright blue flowers and evergreen foliage, is one of the easiest-to-grow Penstemon. Long-lived, this beauty thrives in most any well-drained soil with full sun exposure. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  17. Giant Sacaton Grass, Sporobolus wrightii

    Fine, arching green foliage grows densely, with extravagant inflorescence rising 1-2 feet in late summer. Gold seed heads persist through the winter, catching the glow of afternoon l...

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    Giant Sacaton Grass Giant Sacaton Grass Sporobolus wrightii
    As low as $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Fine, arching green foliage grows densely, with extravagant inflorescence rising 1-2 feet in late summer. Gold seed heads persist through the winter, catching the glow of afternoon light. This resilient native grass is highly adaptable in a range of growing conditions, ideal as an impactful garden accent or a focal point in the landscape.
  18. Pink Mirabilis multiflora, Mirablis multiflora, Wild Four O'clock

    Wild Four O‚clock is a magnificent native wildflower that blooms all summer with magenta-pink flowers that open in the afternoon. A perennial with huge, deep roots, it needs n...

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    Wild Four O'Clock (Mirabilis) Wild Four O'Clock Mirablis multiflora
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Wild Four O'clock is a magnificent native wildflower that blooms all summer with magenta-pink flowers that open in the afternoon. A perennial with huge, deep roots, it needs no extra water once established. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  19. Rocky Mountain Columbine, Aquilegia caerulea

    Rocky Mountain Columbine is planted for its beautiful blue and white flowers. Native to the higher elevations of the intermountain West, is best suited to mountain gardens and areas ...

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    Rocky Mountain Columbine Rocky Mountain Columbine Aquilegia caerulea
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rocky Mountain Columbine is planted for its beautiful blue and white flowers. Native to the higher elevations of the intermountain West, is best suited to mountain gardens and areas of the West with cool nights.
  20. Salvia Amistad Friendship Sage with Bumblebee HBLZ351

    Salvia Amistad (also known as Friendship Sage, PP# 23578) is a large growing Sage that blooms for several months with huge violet-purple flowers that attract hummingbirds. If Salvia ...

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    Amistad Salvia Amistad Friendship Sage Salvia Amistad PP#23,578
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Salvia Amistad (also known as Friendship Sage, PP# 23578) is a large growing Sage that blooms for several months with huge violet-purple flowers that attract hummingbirds. If Salvia Amistad is outside of your USDA growing zone, it can be grown in pots as an annual (it has vigorous growth in the first year) and it can often overwinter in a garage.
  21. Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass, Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues

    This western selection of Little Bluestem has gray-blue foliage and a strong, upright habit. This native prairie grass provides seeds for birds and are beneficial for many butterfly ...

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    Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    This western selection of Little Bluestem has gray-blue foliage and a strong, upright habit. This native prairie grass provides seeds for birds and are beneficial for many butterfly species. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  22. White Chamaebatiaria millefolium, Chamaebatiaria millefolium, Fernbush

    Chamaebatiaria millefolium (also known as Desert Sweet or Fernbush) is a beautiful native shrub that brightens the garden in mid-summer with big clusters of bright white flowers. It ...

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    Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria) Fernbush Chamaebatiaria millefolium
    $14.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Chamaebatiaria millefolium (also known as Desert Sweet or Fernbush) is a beautiful native shrub that brightens the garden in mid-summer with big clusters of bright white flowers. It also has attractive dried seed heads and olive-green foliage. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
  23. Raspberry Delight® Salvia

    Exclusive. Raspberry Delight® is an outstanding native Salvia hybrid with a summer-long display of stunning raspberry-red flowers and excellent cold hardiness (once established)....

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    Raspberry Delight® Salvia Raspberry Delight® Hybrid Bush Sage Salvia Raspberry Delight®
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. Raspberry Delight® is an outstanding native Salvia hybrid with a summer-long display of stunning raspberry-red flowers and excellent cold hardiness (once established). The aromatic foliage has a sweet herbal scent. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.
  24. White Prunus besseyi ‘PS’ (Pawnee Buttes), Prunus besseyi ‘P0S’, Pawnee Buttesand Sand Cherry

    An outstanding selection of our western native sand cherry, Pawnee Buttes® is a low growing, groundcover shrub with a profusion of fragrant white flowers in early spring and show...

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    Pawnee Buttes® Sand Cherry (Prunus) Pawnee Buttes® Sand Cherry Prunus besseyi P011S
    As low as $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    An outstanding selection of our western native sand cherry, Pawnee Buttes® is a low growing, groundcover shrub with a profusion of fragrant white flowers in early spring and showy mahogany-red foliage in the fall. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant. Prunus besseyi P011S is a 2000 Plant Select® introduction. 12-18" tall x 4-6' wide.
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